Event Information

Date: Saturday, 14 February 2015

9:00am: Sign-in and breakfast
9:45am-10:45am: Session I: Community Ecology, Ecophysiology, & Conservation
11am-12pm: Keynote Address by Dr. Kimberly D. Tanner (see below)
12pm-1pm: Lunch , Poster Session & Art Exhibition
1pm-2:00pm: Session II: Ecosystem & Landscape Ecology
2:20pm-3:20pm: Session III: Plant Defenses & Plant-Animal Interactions
3:30pm: Closing remarks

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Tanner

Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University

“Beyond Assessing Biological Knowledge – Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Moving Towards Measuring Biological Expertise among Undergraduates”

How do biology experts structure their thinking about the concepts in their discipline?  How is this different from the way those new to the field approach these same ideas? In this interactive seminar, Dr. Kimberly Tanner will engage the audience in thinking about expert and novice thinking in biology by drawing upon her own research that integrates methodologies from science education and cognitive psychology. Approaches to understanding and measuring biological expertise are strongly tied to ideas put forward by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the recently published, Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

About Dr. Kimberly Tanner:
Dr. Kimberly Tanner is a tenured faculty member in Biology at San Francisco State University.  She directs SEPAL – the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, which is focused on understanding how people learn science, especially biology. Her research in biology education holds the promise of revealing insights into preconceptions and misconceptions in biology that can guide strategies for teaching reform and curriculum improvement.
Trained as a research neurobiologist, Dr. Tanner has been nationally recognized for both her research and her teaching in biology.  Her most recent awards include being named the 2011-12 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award by the Society for College Science Teachers and was recently elected a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. 


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Art + Photo Contest

Don’t have a presentation or poster but still interested in participating? We are having an ecology-inspired art competition as well. This is a new idea where you can share your photographs, paintings, crafts or other artsy things with the greater community at UCD. Conference attendees will vote for their favorite entry, and there is even going to be a PRIZE*!


  • Photos of your work should submitted digitally as attachments to <ecology.symposium@gmail.com>
  • The subject of the email should be LastName_2013ArtContest
  • Photos should be submitted no later than 8 February 2014
  • Photos should be submitted as JPG, TIF, PNG, or GIF files that are large enough to be 8”x 10” prints without being grainy. If you have an alternative piece contact us to arrange something.
  • Include in the body of the email the following information:
    – Your first and last name
    – Your department/graduate group
    – A caption explaining your entry that will be displayed with your entry
  • Please limit submissions to those that are appropriate for a professional and public event!

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